Chair

John Logan, LL.B., Managing Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Logan restricts his practice to construction and commercial litigation and alternate dispute resolution. Over the last 31 years, he has been counsel on a multitude of complex construction, development and commercial cases in British Columbia. John frequently acts as a mediator, arbitrator or referee in commercial and construction disputes. He is committed to the use of alternative dispute resolution and pragmatic, business oriented approaches to the resolution of disputes. John was recently included in the LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He has the highest possible rating in both commercial and construction litigation from U.S. ratings agency Martindale & Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers as one of British Columbia’s leading construction lawyers.

Faculty

Ryan R. Chalmers, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ryan is a partner in the Construction, Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships (P3) and Projects Practice Groups specializing in advising on, drafting and negotiating contracts. Ryan advises on, drafts and negotiates concession, design build, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation agreements as part of major infrastructure projects across Canada, including various subcontract agreements (for construction and professional services) for both major and minor components of project work. He also has extensive experience with services agreements for various engineering related mandates. Prior to joining Dentons, Ryan was legal counsel to SNC-Lavalin, one of the world’s leading engineering, procurement and construction companies. Ryan is chair of the Construction Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, and is a regular author and speaker for both legal and industry audiences.

 

Tyler Galbraith, Associate, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Tyler practises in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. Tyler has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and has been involved in several appeals, trials, arbitrations and mediations. He has acted in numerous builders’ lien and tender cases, disputes arising from delays, defective work, contract termination, bond claims and insurance coverage. Tyler is a member of a variety of construction and legal associations and has lectured on construction related matters. He is the author of numerous construction law articles and other publications, with a focus on tender and builders’ liens issues.

   

Lauren Kristjanson, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver, BC. Lauren focuses her practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, insurance, surety, warranty, and engineering disputes. She acts for clients with respect to surety claims and coverage issues, guarantee and indemnity claims, insurance coverage disputes, defective work and deficiency claims, insurance regulation issues, as well as home warranty claims and coverage issues. Prior to joining BLG, Lauren clerked for five justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

 

Seema Lal, Principal, SHK Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Seema Lal has particular expertise in the areas of builders’ liens, construction law, commercial litigation and employment law. As a construction lawyer practising in Vancouver, Seema’s clients include owners, developers, general contractors, subtrades, suppliers and design professionals. Seema is a member of the Construction, Employment and Civil Litigation Subsections of the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch and is a volunteer lawyer with Access Pro Bono and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program. Seema is also a member of Canadian Construction Women, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, the Vancouver Regional Construction Association and the BC Construction Roundtable. Seema regularly lectures and provides seminars to both legal and industry. She also is an adjunct lecturer in the Engineering Law and Contracts in Civil Engineering course for Civil Engineering students at UBC.

 

Karen Martin, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Martin is a partner in her firm’s Construction & Infrastructure Groups. Since the late 1980s, she has acted for contractors, design consultants and owners on procurement and construction claims. She provides strategic advice during tender and RFP processes and during the implementation of projects to help clients minimize risk, avoid disputes and resolve project issues expeditiously. When disputes arise, she acts as counsel in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of all types of claims, including procurement changes. She is one of the contributing authors to the BC Builders Liens Practice Manual and the BC Business Disputes Manual, Construction Law chapter. Ms. Martin is rated in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as “Repeatedly Recommended” in the area of construction law. She is recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in Construction Law and Public Procurement Law. She is recognized by Chambers Canada and “Chambers Global: The Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers” as a leading lawyer in the area of Construction Law. She is also recognized by Who’s Who Legal and Who’s Who Legal Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of construction. She was the Exclusive Winner of the 2014 ILO Client Choice Award in Construction for BC.

 

David Mckenzie, Associate, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. David’s practice is focused primarily in the area of construction law. His clients include developers, general contractors, subtrades, and suppliers. David acts as legal counsel in all aspects of the construction industry, from litigating and advising on tender, builders’ lien and contract disputes to construction-related solicitor work, including construction contracts, tender packages, and easement agreements. David has taught legal courses to both aspiring architects and aspiring lawyers, he lectures frequently at events for the construction industry and the legal profession, and he is a contributing author of the BC Builders Lien Practice Manual.

   

David Miachika, LL.B., P. Eng., Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver, BC. David practises exclusively in the area of construction, real estate and civil liability dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction claims, insurance coverage, engineering/architect liability, builders’ liens, building envelope claims, LEED and environmental claims, condominium and real property disputes, construction deficiency, delay and acceleration claims, surety and bonding, and HPO Warranties. David represents developers, purchasers, contractors, engineers, architects, suppliers, landlords, insurers, sureties, property owners, property managers and strata corporations in all levels of court in British Columbia. Prior to joining BLG, he worked for several major construction companies over a seven-year period as a project manager, engineer and superintendent on significant industrial, commercial, heavy civil and marine construction projects in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, including the Revelstoke Dam, Quintette Coal conveyor and Expo ‘86. David is also a professional engineer (civil/structural) registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia since 1984.